Chicken

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Chicken

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"The most traditional farm bird, the chicken is raised for its eggs and meat."


Type
AnimalsFarm
Market Value
75 Silver.png
Move Speed
2.1
Mass - Young
4.375kg
Mass - Juvenile
8.75kg
Mass - Adult
17.5kg
Attack
beak
3 dmg (bite)
100 ticks (1.67 secs)
Average DPS
1.12
Meat Yield
16 chicken meat
Carrying Capacity
14
chicken leather
Manhunter Chance
1.25%
Manhunter Chance (Taming)
0.5%
Hunger Rate
0.35
Diet
herbivorous
Life Expectancy
6
Trainable Intelligence
none
Minimum Handling Skill
0
Wildness
0%
Eggs Per Clutch
1 to 1
Egg Laying Interval
1.7 days
Gestation Period
7 days
Maturity Age
0.3+


Chickens can not be found in the wild; they must be bought from a merchant or join the colony in a self-taming event. Hens will happily lay unfertilized eggs without a rooster or they can be bred to start chicken farming. Chickens grow very quickly, taking just over one quadrum from being laid to full maturity - only being surpassed by the iguana in this aspect.


Prior to Alpha 17, chickens were one of the fastest reproducing animals in the game. However, they were nerfed in Alpha 17 in both body size and breeding rate, making them significantly less efficient than they used to be. In fact, it's much more nutrition-efficient to farm snowhares for meat and cows for milk.

Training

Chickens lack the intelligence for training.

Obedience:  Ex.png
Release:  Ex.png
Rescue:  Ex.png
Haul:  Ex.png

Livestock

Chickens lay 1 egg every 1.7 days, breed every 8 hours, and the egg takes 3.5 days to hatch. Therefore, the reproduction rate of a chicken is 1 every 5.533 days per female.

A chicken takes 7.2 days to become a juvenile, and a total of 18 days to reach adulthood.

When slaughtered, a chicken yields 5 meat as a chick; 16 as a juvenile; or 22 as an adult. No leather is yielded.

Feeding

A chicken consumes 0.56 nutrition per day, or roughly 12 hay.

The following is a list of how much haygrass it takes to sustain a mature chicken. Bracketed values are actual values rounded up to 2 decimal places:

  • Gravel: 8 (7.18)
  • Soil: 6 (5.89)
  • Rich Soil: 5 (4.75)

Therefore, when slaughtered as juveniles, chickens have a nutrition efficiency (nutrition out for nutrition in) of 28.1%. This makes them the 10th most efficient animal to farm for meat; more efficient than capybaras, but less efficient than pigs and wild boars.